Most wire sold is in a ‘half hard’ state unless you specify you
want some other hardness (dead soft, hard, spring hard). Another
trick you can use to make unsoldered links less prone to opening is
use hardened wire. You can ‘harden’ dead soft & half hard wire very
1.Clamp one end of the wire in a vise or fasten to a secure
2.Put a cup hook (or handmade hook) in the chuck of an electric
drill. (hand drills take longer).
3.Attach the loose end of the wire to the hook.
4.Pull the wire taut with the drill.
5.While keeping the wire taut, start the drill & twist the wire
until it’ s hard enough or breaks. The wire usually breaks at one
end or the other. This same technique can be used to make twisted
wire. If making twisted wire, put both ends of the wire in the
vise. Place the center of the wire over the cup hook and twist.
You’ll find rings made from hardened wire don’t open as easily as
those made from softer wire. When winding coils from hardened
wire, the coil will unwind a bit when it 's cut from the wire
supply. All the rings will be the same size, just large r than the
mandrel they were wound on. If size is critical, a little
experimentation with smaller mandrels will help you arrive at one
that gives results in rings of the required size. Usually links
made of twisted wire or links that will be shaped into othe r than
round need to be fused or soldered.